March HorrorBlock Subscription Block

March’s HorrorBlock just arrived in the mail today. (In case you’re new to it, it’s part of the NerdBlock family, and focuses on bringing unique horror merchandise to subscribers every month. Usually there’s a theme, but lately they’ve chosen one or two movies or tropes and centered the box on that. It costs $19.99 per month.) Per usual, I waited to see Dipper before opening it, which incidentally meant that I had to wait until I was at work tonight.
This month’s theme was again zombie-centered. After the letdown of last month’s block, I was not looking forward to this one. As luck would have it, the second try was really the charm. This month’s block was a delight to open.
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* Samara t-shirt – This month’s t-shirt was a close-up of Samara from The Ring franchise. It’s blue and white on a black background, and not bad at all. I was dreading what Ring merchandise would be included, as it’s not one of my favorite films by any stretch. (It also doesn’t stand up to a second watching, as all of the secrets are spoiled by the first viewing.) Dipper recommended that I give the shirt to our co-worker for his daughter, since she’s pretty all-in when it comes to horror movies.
* Oven Mitt – I’m not gonna lie, I pounced on the oven mitt. I enjoy baking, and have been looking for a new oven mitt. This one is most likely going to be too thin to actually use with any sort of safety in mind, but the pattern is really awesome. The color green also goes with my current oven mitts, which are the same slime-snot green. I can’t wait to hang this on the cupboard door above my stove! (UPDATE: Omg! It really works! I can use it without burning my hands!)
* Zombie Hand Back Scratcher – I’m not going to use that for it’s intended purpose by ANY stretch of the imagination. However, having a telescoping zombie hand plaything is about the best thing you can think of in a cube farm environment. After taking it out of the packaging, I spent about 10 solid minutes terrorizing coworkers (and my unsuspecting supervisor) with it. The possibilities are literally endless!
* Zombie Squeeze – To me, he looks more like a voodoo doll, or a shrunken head with a body. But he’s pretty cool just the same. When you squeeze him, you can see his brain stretching at his head to get out. It also makes a nasty kind of squick noise when you squeeze him. I suggested Dipper give this little ugly to his horror-loving daughter, but I have my suspicions that it’s going to go to his personal collection instead.
* Zombie Door Stop – This was in a mystery box, and when we opened it, Dipper’s eyes about boggled out of his head. I was over the moon that I already have a zombie door stop, because I really wanted to be able to give this item to him. When we divvied up the goods, this was the first item he chose. I don’t think he’ll use it as a doorstop because the guts are kind of delicate, but I think it’ll look great on whatever table or shelf it winds up on. (I’m actually hoping his kitten menaces it, so that I can snag a picture of that!)
* Walking Dead Building Blind Bag – I had no idea these were a thing. I thought it was going to be some kind of Lego, but it’s really a little figurine that comes in pieces. You put it together and then you have whatever character (or zombie). Apparently it’s part of a set you can get where you build the pieces. I’m not going to track down the set, but it’ll look pretty neat on one of my shelves. Preferably somewhere that my cat and dog can’t get to it. It’s a little small for them to safely menace.
* Zombie Dog Tags – These are pretty cool – not gonna lie. I’m not usually the dog tag type of girl, so they went to my husband. While not quite the zombie fan that I am, he enjoys his military shooter video games just fine. (He was pretty psyched when he got them!)
* Rue Morgue – It’s taken practically everything that I have not to purchase this magazine before it arrived in the box. When Dipper and I were out in Barnes & Noble the other day, I saw the cover. Love me some Rob Zombie! Apparently he’s got a new album coming out, so that is something I’ll be looking forward to. Probably should put his other stuff on rotation again to make a comparison when the new disc drops.
Overall, I think this block made up for the last one, which was incredibly lame. They varied the contents, and included 3 exclusive items. I also didn’t feel bad giving Dipper any of the items – when the block isn’t as good, I can’t escape the feeling that I’m giving him sub-par horror merch. And that is NEVER a good thing!
If you’re still debating on whether or not to order this block, I’d say go ahead. The instances where the block isn’t as good are few and far between, and usually even if you get one bum item per box, the rest of the merch more than makes up for it.

Hello from Buffalo!

hubbyYesterday it was rain-slushing. There were puddles of water in the streets, and melting snow on the grass. There were people raking leaves, and everyone was wearing hoodies and fleeces. Last night the snow started a little bit more in earnest.

The flakes fell a little bit faster, and stuck on the ground longer. This morning when Chris and I woke up, we were in the process of being snowed in. Now it’s 2 minutes shy of 3pm, and snowed in we are. Neither of us went to work, and most of my coworkers called in as well. There is a driving ban for all points starting in South Buffalo. (Chris and I live in what is known affectionately as “The South Towns”). A few hours ago, Chris tried to go and chew us out of the snowdrift. Yeah, that didn’t happen. We don’t have  the ability, and more snow keeps falling. The photo to the left is Chris making an attempt. About another foot has fallen since then.

Let’s make the most of it! Chris and I are working our way through our series (currently catching up with American Horror Story), and drinking hot cocoa. As far as I’m concerned, we have food in the house, and the power is still on, which means my zoo survives (orchids, snakes, and fish).  To be continued…

…it’s 8:15 the same night. The snow has continued falling. Chris and I went out to uncover our exhaust pipe for our furnace, because high efficiency furnaces are notorious for getting covered and causing carbon monoxide poisoning (so keep yours clear!). We barely made it around the front of the house. I was climbing over the snow drifts and using my shovel to balance my weight out (like a freaking crab.) We will try again tomorrow, and tomorrow there will be more picks.

For those of you who might be snowed in (or just want to pretend you are), here are my picks for a fun snowed-in day (or week, as this isn’t supposed to let up until Thursday or Friday):cookies

1) Candy Cane Hot Coca – Oh man! This stuff is the bomb. It takes about 2 packets to make a decent cup, but it’s great. Highly recommended!

2) Snowcone Cookie Mix – The flavor is blue raspberry. And they’re amazing.

3) Z Nation – If you haven’t been watching this, well, get on it! It’s a really great show. It’s pretty traditional, but has some really poignant and funny moments. Plus the characters are multi-faceted. That’s always a bonus.

4) American Horror Story – My personal favorite is Season 1, but Season 4 is picking up nicely.

5) The Thing – Both the John Carpenter version, and the “prequel“. Either works just as well – even though I will always have special love in my heart for the original. (Go, MacReady, go!)

6) Dreamcatcher – So sue me! I freaking LOVED the movie version. The book was ok, but the movie kicked some serious ass! (And it starred Timothy Olyphant, which never hurt anyone.)

7) 30 Days of Night – HELL YES. Now THAT is being snowed in.

8) The Shining – Yes, you knew that was coming. A classic tale of being snowed in, and the damage an alcoholic can do when influenced by bad spirits.

9) The Mist – Ok, ok. So not a snow movie, but creepy as hell. And, if you’re from Buffalo like I am, the wall of white outside the window doesn’t really matter does it. Mist, snow. It’s white and you can’t get through.  (Oh, and Thomas Jane is spectacular in this one! Not to mention three Walking Dead alumni are in it – Carol, Andrea, and Dale.)

 

Whatever you’re up to, and wherever you are, be safe and be warm. I’m off to watch some TV with the husband, and then get my crochet on. Afterwards, I might keep reading a really awesome book – The Undead Haze, by Eloise J. Knapp. My favorite literary sociopath, Cyrus V. Sinclar, is back at it again. As an added bonus, he’s slogging through a winter wonderland too. (If you’re new to the series, start with The Undead Situation first!)

MUST SEE TV!

I’ve been keeping up with AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. I’m not much of a Vampire Diaries type, though from what I’ve heard I’m certainly missing out. I was into True Blood for awhile, but found Sookie to be unbearable after about a season (sorry – I speak the truth!) Supernatural is pretty fun, but it’s been lagging recently. Grimm feels too much like a Supernatural rip-off, though I’m trying to get into it. So far, no such luck. Other than that, there’s not really any other series on TV that have to do with horror. Until now…that is! Apparently, the horror market is having it’s turn on the major networks. Here’s what we have to look forward to:

penny dreadfulShowtime: Penny Dreadful (premieres Sunday, May 11 – tonight)  

Penny Dreadful features characters from 19th century British fiction. Highlights include Dorian Gray, Frankenstein and his monster, and Mina Harker from Dracula. From the trailers I’ve seen, it’s going to be something of a True Blood/Supernatural hybrid. Since I work for Verizon, and we have a partnership with entertainment channels like Showtime, there have been posters all over the building showcasing the different characters in the series. Each time I step off the elevator, I see an advertisement. It’s been driving me batty! I’ve been waiting for this show for just a little over three months. In fact, after I’m done updating this site, I’m heading over to Showtime’s website to catch the pilot episode!

Eyes on: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Billie Piper, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

 

 

NBC: Constantine (premieres Fall 2014)constantine

Ah yes, Constantine. I fully realize that I’m about to lose my credibility when I say this, but so be it. I LOVED THE MOVIE. I normally can’t stand Keanu Reeve’s performances. For some reason though, I loved his version of Constantine. It’s one of my favorite go-to movies.  A friend of Chris and mine (and the awesome, multi-talented designer of this website) absolutely hates that film. In fact, Brian hates it as much as I love it, which has led to some entertaining discourse. Well, tonight I stumbled on an advert for Constantine, a new NBC series. It’s supposed to be closer to the Hellblazer comic series, where the character originated. It looks great, my only complaint being that it lacks Thomas Jane. But he’s one of my favorite actors, so I’m pretty much bound to say that no matter what!

Eyes on: Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau

rosemary's babyNBC: Rosemary’s Baby (Sunday, May 11th, miniseries)

I first watched the original Rosemary’s Baby with my horror-buff friend Steve. The film was superb. I’m excited to see what they do with it as a mini-series, especially considering that it’s supposed to be closer to Ira Levin’s book. I am always a sucker for shows based on books, though I haven’t gotten to read this one first like I normally do.

Eyes on: Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams

If you happen to catch either Penny Dreadful or Rosemary’s Baby, or if you’re excited to see any of these shows, drop me a message in the comments section! If you know of any other shows that I haven’t covered, message me!

FX: The Strain (July 2014 – I haven’t found exact air dates yet)the strain

Good. Grief. How I have waited for this to become either a movie or a TV series! I discovered the book at Barnes and Noble several years ago. It turned into a trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and I’m still working my way through the third book in the series. Talk about old school vampires! These things are vicious, merciless, primal, and highly infectious! It’s everything you’ve been waiting for since the age of the sparkly vampire. In case you were wondering, Guillermo del Toro is an amazing writer – and I can’t wait to see this book brought to the screen.

Eyes on: David Bradley, Anne Betancourt, Pedro Miguel Arce, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Robert Maillet, Corey Stoll, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez

Memorial Day Weekend Survival Guide

Memorial Day weekend is upon us at last, which means it’s time for hot dogs, grilling, backyard swimming pools, and time with loved ones.  If you’re looking to have some extra-special fun this weekend, check out the ideas below.  But whatever you choose to do, make sure you send your warmest thanks to our Vets, and keep the ones no longer with us in your memory.  Holiday-of-the-Dead-front

1.  Holiday of the Dead –  Driving into work this morning, I was thinking about leaving this one to the last, so I could spend forever raving about it.  However, since it’s $2.99 on Kindle (a steal) why wait?  This book is a riot.  It features stories by Iain McKinnon, David Dunwoody, Eric S. Brown, Shawn M Riddle, Joe McKinney, Bowie V. Ibarra, and so many other talented authors.  It even features a story set in a nudist colony!  There are stories about vacations in other countries, stories about popular vacation hot spots, and stories about all kinds of zombie mayhem.  I read this book last winter and I couldn’t put it down.  Every single story is better than the last.  I found myself laughing, crying, and cringing in terror.  Grab this for a great holiday read!

components2.  Zombie Dice –  This simple game comes in a can and features dice with pictures on them.  This game lasts about 10 minutes and can be played by up to 8 people at a time.  The rules are simple: roll the dice to eat brains and dodge bullets.  Being a zombie is easy!  So easy and portable, you can play it anywhere!  Take it to the beach, a picnic, or on the road to your next destination.  Having personally played this game, I can tell you that it’s a great conversation starter when you need to break the ice and get to know someone.

3.  Run For Your Lives – If you like running, physical fitness, or zombies, check out this site.  There may be a run site near you!  Basically, you run an obstacle course and get chased by zombies.  All you have to do is survive until you hit the finish line.  Or, if you’d just like to train like it’s the Apocalypse, pick up Zombies, Run! for your mobile device.  Over your music, you’ll hear instructions of zombie attacks.  Collect items when you complete missions, and build up your base.  Interval training just got awesome!

4.  The Walking Dead –  You can choose to catch up on either the AMC series, or the original graphic novel.  AMC recently walking-dead-daryl-merle-dixonannounced that they will be continuing the series.  If you’ve been caught up in other pursuits, now’s the time to get your Walking Dead on.  If you’re like me and prefer to read the story before watching the show, rest assured – they’re different enough that you don’t need to be familiar with one to enjoy the other.  Reading and TV not your style?  Play AMC’s The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.  If ou’re a fan of the antics of Daryl and Merle Dixon, you’ll be pleased to know that the game is voiced by Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker.  And if you’re also like me, you can’t deny your fascination for Norman Reedus.

FFP0101_LastNightOnEarth5.  Last Night On Earth –  Do you like role-playing games?  Then you’ll love this one.  Play out different scenarios as different people.  Just remember not to become a zombie!  Don’t fret – if you’re not the goody-goody type you can also opt to play as a zombie.  To quote John Leguizamo in Land of the Dead, “I’ve always wanted to see how the other half lives.”  All of the fun of zombie-dom without the pain of dying.

6.  For the Gardener – If you’re like my father, and tend to see Memorial Day Weekend as a time to get ahead on your gardening, take a look at this organizer wall posted on Instructables.com.  It’s called a Zombiewall, and features a cheeky design for storing your gardening gear.  I might actually do this – but hang a sign over my things.  Maybe even hang my bicycle on a few hooks near it for extra cheesy appeal.  It seems fitting, considering Rum-Genericpretty much every other facet of my life has been invaded by zombies.  Why not the garden too?

7.  Last, but certainly not least, if you’re in charge of the celebratory drinks, let’s not forget to bring some zombies to the party.  Here are some zombie drinks that are sure to bring any party to life!  Just remember to drink responsibly.  If you’re going to drink, stay off the roads.  Call a cab, stay on a friend’s couch, sleep in your own bed.  There’s no reason to be turning yourself, a loved one, or a complete stranger into a zombie.


As for my plans, I’ll be at home hopefully finishing two books which need to be posted up for review, as well as working my way through Games of Thrones Seasons 1 & 2.  I might even get my garden in order, since my husband and I moved into our first house a few months ago and it was still snowing then.  Oh!  And lest I forget – my husband and I will be welcoming a new member to our family.  My parents have a few stray cats in their care, and TKout and I will be adopting one of the kittens, Tom.  He’ll be hanging out for a day or so before he visits our resident Overlord (our Bengal cat, Chloe).    


What are you going to be up to this wonderful weekend? 

So Bad, I HAD to Review It

I’m sitting in my office at work, pulling the graveyard shift for the credit card processing company I work for.  I’m loving my new job as a support technician – and loving the hours more!  There haven’t been any calls in about two hours, so I’ve been catching up on my reviews and watching shows on my husband’s Netflix account.  Even though I’m the only person in the office and it can get spooky, I still can’t stop watching horror movies!

Tonight, I wanted to look for something different.  I didn’t want to watch the same movies that I’ve already seen.  With a thunderstorm coming in, I would have preferred HBO’s classic show Tales From the Crypt (which aired during my childhood – and scared me witless!), but alas, I left my DVDs at home.  While looking through the queue, I came across Hypothermia, starring Michael Rooker.  Some of you most likely know Rooker from AMC’s The Walking Dead, where he plays Merle Dixon, brother of Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus).  I love watching Rooker tear up the screen as Merle, and I wanted to see him in another role, so I clicked on Hypothermia.  By the end of the movie, the only motivation was Rooker’s performance.

Hypothermia-PosterI think the best way to describe Hypothermia is to say that it’s a mixture of JAWS and Tremors, but set on a frozen lake with far fewer characters, almost none of which are memorable.  The story centers around two families who come to the same lake to ice fish, but have different ways of ice fishing.  Rooker’s family prefers a quiet shelter set up with little holes in the ice.  They sit and share a nondescript hot drink from a Thermos and wait for fish.  The other family, led by (hang on while I go figure out the antagonist’s name)…Steve Cote and his son (I kid you not) Stevie Jr, prefer more high tech methods.  Reading the movie description, it would seem like the two families are supposed to be in opposition, but when I watched it, I wasn’t sure if I was seeing the same movie.  I came to realize that Rooker’s character wanted to have a good time, his family wanted to get out of the area because they were cold, the antagonist was a jerk, and his son was boring.

The scariest part of the movie is the poster.  When the underwater monster was swimming around, the audience knew because the camera shots were from under the ice, with an orange-toned fish-eye camera lens.  This begged the comparison to JAWS, at least the opening sequence anyway.  Sometime during the halfway point, one of the characters realizes that the monster is drawn by vibrations (Tremors rip-off), and so the characters endowed with common sense began to move around quietly, though they didn’t make an effort to get off the ice and back to the cabin.

About three quarters of the way through, the audience finally gets to see the monster.  Bad move, production company.  Very bad move.  The monster is a man in a ridiculous mask that doesn’t have a working mouth, and looks to be made of pleather.  Overall, it’s more of an updated Creature From the Black Lagoon.  When seen from above the ice, it resembles a large koi.  I was going to put a picture of the monster in this post, but I started to feel guilty.  While looking for a suitably funny picture, I stumbled on a few blogs that actually liked the movie and praised the monster.  If you’re interested in seeing it for yourself, just go to google.com and type in “hypothermia movie monster”.  I’m sure you’ll get an eyeful.

In summation, Netflix this movie if you are a fan of Michael Rooker, if you’re watching movies with whimpy people that don’t want to be truly scared, or if you’re out to find the next “so-bad-I-had-to-experience-it-for-myself” movie.

An Anti-Hero for the Ages

Eloise J. Knapp delivers a new kind of zombie apocalypse survivor in “The the-undead-situation-book-coverUndead Situation“.  Whereas most authors strive to deliver a likeable hero in their books, someone who survives by their wit and their negotiation skills, Knapp brings us someone totally different.  One might say he is the antithesis of Rick Grimes (from The Walking Dead).  Where Grimes is guided by his principals, and propelled to protect those around him, Sinclair isn’t burdened by anything other than his need to protect himself.  And his pet ferret, of course.  And the idea that there is a finite amount of candy now available.

Sinclair spends the whole of the book avoiding other people, eating candy, and hanging out with his pet ferret.  It doesn’t exactly sound like a compelling read, but trust me, it’s worth every penny you’ll pay for it – and more.  Knapp is an amazing author.  She takes you right into Sinclair’s mind – and what a ride that is!  I never thought I would root so hard for a protagonist who is so obviously unhinged.  Sinclair makes it painfully clear to the reader that he’s happy with the new world in which he resides.  He doesn’t have to worry about other people bothering him, he doesn’t have to share the world’s candy supply with anyone else, and he doesn’t have to conform to any other societal principles.  That is, until an equally unstable and unusual woman enters his life.  And then another.  Before he knows it, Sinclair is having issues with something he’s never given a second though to – morals.

If you’re looking for a new take on the apocalypse, you really need to pick up The Undead Situation by Eloise J Knapp.  It’s available for Kindle and in paperback, and either choice is sound.  It would also make a great gift for anyone interested in psychology, zombies, candy, or ferrets.  Now, stop reading this review and go get the book!

The Walking Dead – Season Opener

The Walking Dead - Comic-Con - July 22, 2011

Image by starbright31 via Flickr

It started out so promising, it really did.  The survivors made it out of the CDC alive (most of them), and then they find themselves horrifically besieged on a highway by a bunch of walking dead.  Awesome!  They hide under cars and almost make it out undetected, until little Sophia decides to prematurely come out from her hiding place.  She goes running off persued by walkers.  Still doing pretty well.

Then what the hell happened?!

They survive the horde of zombies.  Fine.  They loose the little girl Sophia, also fine.  Shane talks about (read: whines) losing Lori and how he’s going to leave the group.  Fine.  Then they find themselves looking for Sophia in a church, with a few faithful zombies inside.  The first thing I thought when I saw that was, “Oh boy – Danny Boyle anyone?”  That’s right people.  It felt like a rip-off of 28 Days Later – where Cillian Murphy walks into the church and is chased by a few enterprising zombies.  Of course, they group easily overcomes this obstacle, but then they hang around a little bit while a few characters go through a pseudo-epiphany.

The ending cliffhanger did it’s job and made up for some of the more ridiculous moments of the show.  I just wish they’d start working in some of the graphic novel material.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll see “The Governor”, and Shane is still certainly alive and kicking, so I’m not holding my breath.  I am hoping that the season stays away from kitschy moments – that would really kill the season.

The make-up effects were savagely on par with what I would expect some sun-dried zombies to be.  The actors were top-notch again, and the dialogue wasn’t stuffy or over-bearing.

Overall – I’m pretty much in the same spot as where I left off.  Hurrah that there’s a zombie TV show, boo-rah that it’s not as awesome as it could be. (Oh, and I keep hearing rumors that there will be a video game based on the TV show.  Not thrilled about that at all.  Some things shouldn’t be poisoned by a need to make money off of people who don’t know a good zombie when they see one.)

As always – let me know what you think!

“The Walking Dead” – TV Series

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Image by gluetree via Flickr - From left to right Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Jon Bernthal from Comic-con's The Walking Dead panel. The season 2 trailer debuted this year at Comic-con.

AMC debuted it’s highly anticipated zombie series last year on Halloween.  My family and I huddled together in the darkness of our living room, staring in rapt attention at the TV as zombie after zombie shuffled across the screen.  It was sheer brilliance.  The zombies were so real you could almost smell their foul putrescence, each one more gruesome than the last.

I had high hopes for the season, but it didn’t pan out.  In retrospect, I think it was my fault.  I had hoped that the show would follow the books.  They were such a wealth of ideas it would be crazy not to use the material.  Instead, the show saw survivor Rick Grimes dragging his wife, son, and other survivors to the Center for Disease Control.  There they found some interesting facts about the zombie virus, and we got to see an x-ray movie of a zombie.  Cool, but not as awesome as some of the scenes in the book.

On the other hand, my gripes aside, the casting was beyond perfect!  Hero Rick Grimes is played to perfection by Andrew Lincoln, who seems to not only portray Rick’s strength but simultaneously bring an air of unspoken uncertainty and insecurity.  After all – he’s not Superman.  He’s a man who is lucky to have his wife and son still alive, and he’s fully aware of it every moment that they survive.  His guilt-stricken and confused best friend Shane is played by Jon Bernthal, who leaves nothing to be desired in the role of friend-turned-foe.  Unfaithful wife Lori is given life by Sarah Wayne Callies.  The other characters are perfect to the point of being creepy.  They look almost identical to their characters, right down to their facial expressions.

Thankfully, AMC chose not to inundate the series with cheesy celebrity cameos.  I can’t speak for other viewers, but I know I’d rather have people starting their careers.  I don’t want to watch and say, “Oh wait, I know that person”.  To me, that ruins the apocalypse because you know that actor or actress as someone else.  The one exception is Norman Reedus, of “Boondock Saints” fame.  It had been so many years since he was in that iconic movie that he was not immediately recognizable to me.

As the debut of “The Walking Dead” Season 2 gets closer I find myself excited.  The trailer for the new season can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OZ0mu8Ey6A and you NEED to watch it right now.  It’s going to be amazing.  I’m back on board fully and counting down the days.  When the season debut is televised, I will be right there, glued to my chair and devouring every frame.

Vote in AMC’s Most Dangerous Zombie Hunter Poll !

AMC is hosting a “Most Dangerous Zombie Hunter Poll” right now.  The cool / unconventional part of this poll is that from the outset you can vote all the way to the win in one go.  Then everyone’s votes get tallied.

Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead) VS   Ken Foree (Peter, Dawn of the Dead – original)

Will Smith (Robert Neville, I Am Legend)  VS  Cillian Murphy (Jim, 28 Days Later)

Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee, Zombieland)  VS  Simon Pegg (Shaun, Shaun of the Dead)

Bruce Campbell (Ash “Ashley” Williams, The Evil Dead series)  VS  Milla Jovovich (Alice, Resident Evil series)

Now, first off, I’m not telling you who I’m voting for.  (If I were honest, I would admit its because I have no clue who I’m voting for just yet.  If I were dishonest, I’d say its because I want you to make up your own mind.)  This is only the first round in AMC’s poll, there are still a few other elimination rounds.  Keep track and vote at http://polls.amctv.com//chart/data/2623-lead-1.html.

For me, who I will ultimately vote for depends on a few factors.  The worst part is that they’re all really amazing characters with their own unique zombies to face.  So what exactly, defines the “most dangerous” (read: most unabashedly bad-ass) zombie fighter ?  Is it weapons prowess (Alice), or is it pure luck (Shaun) ?  Or perhaps crazy good catch phrases (Tallahassee and Ash might tie on this one…)  Perhaps its the ability to survive sprinting, drooling, rage-infested zombies (Jim) ?  Each of these characters represents a path in my downward spiral into full immersion of zombie culture…so I’m not sure how I’d even begin to choose.

{Update:  I just did the poll – no, I’m still not telling you who I voted for, and I got to the end.  Wasn’t terribly impressed.  It seems worth the conversation and the giggles, and its worth seeing what other people gave as reasons for who they picked.  Other than that, I highly disagree with the outcome.}